Songbooks at Te Awe

Calling all musicians and aficionados of musical theatre! Did you know that we have a collection of Songbooks at our newest Central City branch, Te Awe Library on Brandon Street?

Before Central closed, it was home to a large collection of Songbooks and music Scores. These are all now available to reserve from our warehouse. But if you would like to browse some Songbooks in person, you can find them upstairs at Te Awe, nestled amongst the CD collection, and next to the music magazines. There is a great selection of songs held there including, rock, pop, standards, musicals, folk, and movie songs, with instructions for piano, vocal and guitar.

You can find our Te Awe branch just off Lambton Quay at 29 Brandon Street, or you can enter from Panama Street. In addition to the Songbooks and CDs upstairs, you will find young adult books, non-fiction and Māori books, DVDs and Blu-ray. On the ground floor there are magazines, a children’s area, adult fiction, large print, audiobooks, bestsellers, and a café! So take a look today!

Must-know classic songs at your fingertips! Find your favourite Songbooks at your Library.

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Look for your beloved songs, your favourite singer or band and the music you enjoy listening to when browsing through the Songbook Collection at the Wellington Central Library. Play the music you love at home or during gatherings with friends and relatives. With so many songs to choose from, you’ll always find a favourite!

Syndetics book coverPure heroine / Lorde.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). 17-year-old New Zealand newcomer Lorde released this, her debut album, in September 2013. It reached the top of the modern rock/alternative and rock albums charts, and the lead single “Royals” won the 2014 Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Our folio features this break-out hit plus nine other tunes: Buzzcut Season * 400 Lux * Ribs * Still Sane * Team * Tennis Court * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGlam rock : [25 outrageous songs from rock ‘n’ roll’s revolutionary era].
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Hits from Bowie, Queen, Iggy, Alice Cooper, T. Rex and others Includes: Ballroom Blitz * Bang a Gong (Get It On) * Killer Queen * Lust for Life * Rebel, Rebel * Rock & Roll Part II (The Hey Song) * School’s Out * Slave to Love * Sweet Jane * We Are the Champions * We Will Rock You * Ziggy Stardust * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNumber ones / Michael Jackson.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Features stunning color photos of Michael and P/V/G arrangements of all 18 songs. Titles are: Bad * Beat It * Billie Jean * Dirty Diana * Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough * Man in the Mirror * Rock with You * Smooth Criminal * Thriller * and more. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNature’s best 2, more of New Zealand’s top songs of all-time [music].
“A couple of years ago Music Sales published the matching songbook to the CD NATURES BEST: NEW ZEALAND’S TOP 30 SONGS OF ALL TIME. The matching songbook to the first album was so popular, Music Sales has been asked by music enthusiasts and retailers in New Zealand for another songbook with songs from the next two double albums. NATURES BEST 2: MORE OF NEW ZEALAND’S TOP SONGS OF ALL TIME is a selection of 30 songs from the CDs NATURES BEST: NEW ZEALAND’S TOP SONGS OF ALL TIME Volume 2 & Volume 3. Each song has been newly engraved for this songbook and features top line melody arrangements with guitar chord boxes and lyrics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe big guitar chord songbook. More nineties hits.
“Sing and play all your favourite hits from the nineties. All the songs have been arranged in the original keys from the actual hit recordings, complete with full lyrics, guitar chord boxes and playing guide.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPower to the people : the hits / John Lennon.
“For voice and piano, with guitar chord symbols. Words and music mostly by John Lennon. “Includes free guitar tutorial DVD”–Cover

Syndetics book coverBruce Springsteen : sheet music anthology : piano, vocal, guitar.
“For music makers who love Bruce Springsteen, this collection features 29 sheet music arrangements that represent a more comprehensive span of Springsteen’s career than any other songbook can offer. Nearly 40 years of hits are contained within its pages, including 1970s favorites like “Blinded by the Light” and “Born to Run,” plus dozens more from the ’80s, ’90s, and beyond—all the way up to Working on a Dream (2009) and The Promise (2010). The unprecedented array of songs and carefully transcribed piano/vocal/guitar arrangements make this a must-own for Bruce Springsteen fans of all ages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe music of Paul McCartney, 1973-2001 : piano, voice, guitar.
“This second bumper collection spans Paul McCartney’s career from Band on the Run through to his most recent album Driving Rain.All arranged for piano, voice and guitar.Band on the Run * Bluebird * Coming Up * Ebony and Ivory * From a Lover to a Friend * Jet * Let Em In * Mull of Kintyre * The Other Me * One of These Days * Pipes of Peace * Put It There * Say Say Say * Silly Love Songs * So Bad * With a Little Luck” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover150 of the most beautiful songs ever [music].
“This 3rd edition has been updated to feature 150 of the best ballads of all time! Includes: Always * Climb Ev’ry Mountain * Endless Love * Fields of Gold * Georgia on My Mind * How Deep Is Your Love * I’ll Be Seeing You * In the Still of the Night * Moon River * My Funny Valentine * People * Small World * Some Enchanted Evening * Tears in Heaven * Time in a Bottle * Unchained Melody * What a Wonderful World * When I Fall in Love * Yesterday * You Are So Beautiful * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreat American songbook : complete : the best hits from timeless songwriters / arranged by Dan Coates.
“Some of the most famous selections from the Great American Songbook are included in this collection. These classic favorites, masterfully arranged by Dan Coates for advanced piano, sound rich and full and will delight audiences as well as provide hours of enjoyment for hobbyists, advancing students, professional musicians, or any “popular performer. Some of the included songs are; Anything Goes * Cry Me a River * Fly Me to the Moon * I Got Rhythm * In the Still of the Night * Singin’ in the Rain * Summertime” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)